Sunday 25 September 2016

Maher ends Maynooth resistance

Independent News Desk

Published 10/02/2016 | 02:30

UCD’s Jack O’Connor takes on David Hennessy of Maynooth in last night’s encounter: Sam Barnes / SPORTSFILE
UCD’s Jack O’Connor takes on David Hennessy of Maynooth in last night’s encounter: Sam Barnes / SPORTSFILE

UCD were made to work hard at Belfield before booking their place in the quarter-finals.

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In difficult conditions, Maynooth had opened the scoring with a free from Paul Winters, but unanswered points from Jack O'Connor, Oisin O'Rorke (two) and James Maher gave Nicky English's hosts a 0-4 to 0-1 lead, despite missing a series of chances, and Ciaran Prendergast's goal helped them to a 1-7 to 0-2 interval advantage.

Maynooth responded with a five-point salvo - including four points from the magnificent Winters - to ask serious questions of their much-fancied opponents.

The UCD nerves were settled by points from Podge Guinan and O'Rorke, but Niall Kenny cut the deficit to four points to give Liam Hogan's men a fighting chance.

However, UCD finished strongly with points from Maher (two), Guinan and O'Rorke, and will now face IT Carlow in the last eight.

scorers - UCD: O O'Rourke (4fs), J Maher 0-4 each, C Prendergast 1-0, P Guinan 0-2, S Moran (f), E Conroy, J O'Connor 0-1 each. Maynooth Univ: P Winters 0-8 (6fs), D Burke, N Kenny 0-1 each.

UCD - D Holohan; P Hannon, S Murphy, E Conroy; C McGabhann, J Madden, C O'Shea; C O'Callaghan, S Moran; J Maher, J O'Connor, P Guinan; R King, O O'Rorke, C Prendergast. Subs: T O'Leary for Prendergast (39), H Lawlor for Conroy (43), C Keane for King (52), C Devitt for Moran (58).

Maynooth university - R Fitzgerald; C Breen, E McLoughlin, M Campion; D Hennessy, P Deegan, T Stafford; K Sheridan, R Donohoe; D Burke, P Winters, B Molloy; E Kenny, A Gleeson, N Kenny. Subs: D Sweeney for Molloy (18), M Ryan for Sweeney (h-t).

Ref - A Kelly (Galway)

UCD 1-13

Maynooth Univ 0-10

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